Visions: Cathedral – Tower of Silence

2013 marks the end for one of Britain’s greatest bands of the last 25 years. The final video, ‘Tower of Silence’, is a fitting way to go, reaching into Cathedral’s heaviest riff book as Lee Dorrian’s men journey into the everafter. The vid also features an appearance by Rosalie Cunningham, lead singer of Rise Above alumni Purson. Thematically, conceptually and audibly, this is one of the best videos I’ve seen in recent times.

For some reason, it reminds me of the children’s TV show Knightmare, such is the way it appears to be shot at times, particularly when Dorrian is just sitting in the throne as Cunningham brings that skull into the room. Maybe if the band members fell through the floor or were caught in a passage of mock flying saw blades. Still, I refuse to label it as cheese. This is a great mix of scenes to mark the closing sound on Cathedral’s illustrious career, and the new album, released on Monday April 29th (Rise Above Records), is going to be phenomenal based on this song alone. A tower of silence may loom for Dorrian, Jennings and co, but the decibels will continue to ring out for centuries to come. Cheers lads!

Peter Clegg

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